Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew


I am not sure how it took me until now to realize the greatness of the slow cooker.

You do a few minutes of work chopping things and tossing them into the slow cooker early in the day.

Add a few things later on.

Stir once in a while, when you think of it.

And then, by evening, just in time for dinner, you’ve got the most richly flavorful, savory home cooked meal all ready to go.

And just that one crock pot to wash.

Just the one pot.

Homemade meals that feel like no work at all, that’s the magic of the slow cooker.

How did I not realize the convenience sooner? Read More

For Thanksgiving


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Applesauce

One of the many things that make fall my favorite time of the year: apple picking season! There's a huge apple orchard in the town I grew up in and, as a kid, I loved to visit every fall. My family would come home with bagfuls of fresh apples we had picked ourselves, and my mom would set a big stock pot on the stove top to cook homemade applesauce, filling the house with the aromas of sweet, warm apples and cinnamon. Today, I still visit that orchard and still stock up with bags of my own freshly picked apples. Then I make homemade pumpkin applesauce using a slow cooker. I like to make the applesauce special by adding rich, fall flavors like cinnamon, ginger, and maple. And then I add a secret ingredient: pumpkin purée! It helps make the sauce really rich and thick and is a perfect flavor complement to the apples. (Side bonus: the pumpkin also adds tons of nutrition to the applesauce.) If this is your first time cooking your own applesauce, I think you'll agree: in terms of flavor, homemade is worlds beyond the packaged kind you can buy in the ... read more


20-Minute Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Parfait

Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy and I get two Thanksgivings every year. We go to my family's house for a Thanksgiving lunch in the afternoon. Then we make the 40-minute drive to Chris's family's house for a Thanksgiving dinner that evening. We both really ... read more


Skinny Sweet Potato Home Fries

I know sweet potato casseroles - usually made with lots of butter and marshmallows - are a sugary, super sweet American classic, especially around Thanksgiving. But I've never really liked syrupy, sugar-covered casseroles, so I've never cooked my sweet ... read more


Skinny Cheddar-Chive Smashed Potatoes

When the longer, darker, colder evenings of fall arrive, it's a sure thing: My cravings for a piping hot bowl of good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes kick in. So that's why, throughout the cold months, I go back again and again to this "skinny" ... read more